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NORWICH: Some woolly Psyllid bugs

16th May 2019

On my way home from work I noticed some white 'fluff' on the branches of a Grey Alder. I looked closer and could see some small bugs in it, using the fluff as protection as they moved around the branches. I assumed, eroneously, that these would be a type of woolly aphid, but fortunately online Sally Luker recognised them as a type of psylloid bug, Psylla alni. This was a new species for me, and having found out about it I promptly went and found it at Whitlingham too.

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